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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Unrated | | Horror, Mystery | 17 February 1959 (USA)
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

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Eccentric millionaire Fredrick Loren and his 4th wife, Annabelle, have invited 5 people to the house on Haunted Hill for a "haunted House" party. Whoever will stay in the house for one night will earn ten thousand dollars each. As the night progresses, all the guests are trapped inside the house with ghosts, murderers, and other terrors. Written by Tony Mayer <tones120c@aol.com>

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Horror | Mystery

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$200,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The films opening was something of a jump scare gimmick, the total darkness accompanied by horrible noises echoing in a large movie theater would have been very terrifying, the effect is somewhat lost on a modern viewer watching the film on a television screen without the volume and scale to provide shock of theatrical sound and darkness. See more »

Goofs

In the living room they discuss that it's impossible for Annabelle to have hanged herself because there was not anything for her to get up on to jump. However, minutes earlier when we see the body hanging there is clearly a newel post on one side of the hanging body and a handrail on the other, both within jumping distance. See more »

Quotes

Annabelle Loren: Oh, I'm sure we're not going to go running around the house shooting each other, aren't you?
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The end title credits list "Skeleton - By Himself" See more »

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House on Haunted Hill
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by Richard Kayne and Richard Loring
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Vinnie Throws One Heck of a Party!
6 February 2000 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Vincent Price asks five strangers to spend an evening in a haunted house for ten thousand dollars a piece. With his estranged wife in tow, the seven house guests begin a nocturnal odyssey of mayhem, murder, and the macabre. This film is a great vehicle for Price's unique talents as an actor, and is also a very atmospheric film due in large part to the direction of William Castle. Castle gives us all kinds of horror in the traditional vein...a severed head, a skeleton, the screaming-without-end hysterical young woman, the plot twists and turns, and the firmly planted tongue-in-cheek. The cast is very good, with Carol Omhart, as Price's elegant and gorgeous wife, and Elisha Cook, as a drunken sot who continually rants about all the evil that has happened in the house, as standouts. This is a great Halloween film, or one that you turn off the lights to watch.


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